Saturday, April 16, 2016

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Coastal Peru Virtual Field Trip

Take your students to Peru for free (live on youtube on March 16th at Noon Eastern)! Your class will investigate the amazing biodiversity of a coastal ecosystem as they explore the Humboldt Current! On the trip students will also see sea birds, penguins and flamingos!

Along with fisheries scientist Matias Caillaux, they will travel by boat to an island that has more than 30,000 sea lions at a time! They will discover how the Humboldt Current pushes vital nutrients toward the surface and forms the "basis of a unique and abundant ecosystem." They will also learn the importance of protecting an ecosystem so its inhabitants and the region's fishing industry remain thriving.

This trip is a great opportunity to cover science and geography standards through problem-based learning. They will get to view one of the most productive ocean ecosystems in action!

Field Trip Information
How Nature Works in Coastal Peru: The Amazing Biodiversity of a Coastal Ecosystem
Subject focus: Science and Geography
Age Range: 3-8 (all viewers are welcomed!)
Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Time: 12:00 noon Eastern Time
Length of Virtual event: 45 minutes

Can't Watch the Virtual Field Trip on March 16th?
You can still attend the field trip by receiving the official YouTube viewing link, which you can use to watch anytime after the live event has concluded. The virtual field trip will also be optimized and posted at a later date on Vimeo. Once the Vimeo version is ready, you will receive the link in another newsletter and then you'll be able to watch the virutal field trip anytime on Vimeo or YouTube!

Interactive websites for the classroom with background:
Fishing for Tomorrow: The Artisanal Fishers of Ancón Story Map (pictured below)

The Humboldt Current Ecosystem: How Earth Systems Influence Ocean Productivity and Biodiversity Story Map (pictured below)

Accompanying lesson with the virtual field trip: Fishing for a Future:
In this lesson students investigate sustainable fishing through a specific case study in Peru. 
1. Interactive story maps that explore the Humboldt Current, El Nino, and artisanal fishing
2. Fisheries management activity using data
3. Socratic Seminar that explores the challenges of open access fishing areas
Includes downloads for the classroom
·      Teacher Lesson Plan: Fishing for a Future (PDF & Word)
·      Student Handout on Fisheries Management (PDF & Word)
·      Student Handout on the Humboldt Current (PDF & Word)
·      Student Handout: Anchoveta Socratic Seminar (PDF & Word)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Virtual Field Trip

This friday (December 4) is the live and free virtual field trip to China's Great Forests from Nature Works on youtube! The event is at 12pm eastern. If your class can't attend, you can still signup and watch the video at a later time on youtube.

You can signup here to take your class to China!
Click here for more information about how to tie this trip into your curriculum.

3D Collage: Measuring

Give kids different colors of construction paper. They cut 1 inch (width) strips. Then, they use a ruler and cut their strips different lengths (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 inches) and manipulate them into different designs, creating a 3D collage. Have kids write their measurements next to each paper strip.

Fishing for Angles

This math station game is inspired by Art in Education's Angle Fish drawings. Kids construct a fish out of a circle, using a protractor to create its mouth (make sure each kid creates a different angle). They cut out the angle and the chunk of paper becomes the caudal fin (or tail fin).

Game: All of the fish get magnets put on them. For a fishing pole, use a stick with yarn and a magnet attached to the end. Kids go fishing for angles! When they catch a fish, they use a protractor and figure out the angle of its mouth. They write down the type of fish they caught (ex: 30 degree angle). They keep their fish. If they can't figure out the angle, they throw their fish back! Whoever has the most fish wins!

Octopus Math

Integrate math, art and science all in one craft! Kids create an octopus, while exploring division, fractions, and multiplication! First, they divide a piece of construction paper in half. Next, they use a ruler and draw lines (on half the sheet) to create eight rectangles for the arms (see image). They cut along the lines they drew, stopping at the halfway mark. Then, they curve the paper and staple. Once stapled, they bend the arms, so the octopus can sit up. 

After they created their octopus shape, they flip it over. They stick round reinforcement labels (white circle stickers with a hole in the center) on the back of its arms and create suction cup arrays! (see image) Then, they figure out the multiplication equation for their octopus.

Science - This craft can be used for an animal adaptation unit. Kids learn that octopi have arms (not legs). The suction cups on their arms help them grasp their prey, move along rocks, and taste things! Also, their stomach is on top of their head! Their mouth is a hard beak (don't let children draw a happy face on their octopus - the beak is underneath!)